Will Forte posted a set photo to Instagram recently in order to hype up the upcoming MacGruber TV series coming to Peacock soon. MacGruber started out as a recurring Saturday Night Live skit of the same name which, although a little cheesy at times, had its chuckle-worthy moments. It was a gentle mockery of the more serious drama MacGyver starring Richard Dean Anderson. The parody skit was later adapted into a movie that debuted in 2010 without much fare at the box office. Regardless of its lack of critical success, the movie is considered a cult classic amongst its diehard fans.
In the photo, Forte and two other members of the main cast – Ryan Phillipe (Lt. Dixon Piper) and Kristen Wiig (Vicki Gloria St. Elmo) stand triumphantly, backlit by a beautiful, blue-sky sunset during the golden hour. Phillippe stares down the camera with his muscly arms crossed, while Forte and Wiig are flexing a classic superhero pose with their hands on their hips. There’s a building that looks like it has the words “Albuquerque Police” on the front. Phillippe is tagged in the post, but Wiig is not. Phillippe commented on the photo with a single word: “Squad”.
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There was a reported MacGruber 2 sequel in the works a few years ago, but cult comedy sequels are difficult to get off the ground even under the most ideal of circumstances – and the first movie’s circumstances were anything but ideal. Instead, Forte and fans are settling for a MacGruber series on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock. Earlier this month, Forte appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to announce that filming had begun, and even read a profanity-laced monologue from one of the upcoming episode’s scripts.
If you’re one of the many excited MacGruber fans, you can check out the Instagram post below. There is no official release date yet for the show, but it is expected to debut in late 2021.
It was a busy Tuesday night at CBS, which saw a trio of coronavirus-delayed season premieres kicking off with the Season 18 debut of NCIS, which delivered 0.9 in the adults 18-49 demographic and 10.06 million viewers. The popular procedural topped the night in viewership but was down from its Season 17 average, marking a series low in the demo per Nielsen’s Live+Same Day early numbers.
The third season debut of FBI (0.8, 8.05M) and the Season 2 kickoff of FBI Most Wanted (0.6, 5.30M) followed, but both series took a hit from last season’s averages and hit audience lows. Still, CBS won the night overall in total viewers.
The Bachelorette (1.3, 4.94M) on ABC dipped two tenths from last week but was still enough to be the night’s top-rated show. That led into David E. Kelley’s Twin Peaks-adjacent Pacific Northwest noir thriller Big Sky (Rating: 0.6, Audience: 4.03M) made its big debut (with an even bigger twist). The duo helped ABC take the night’s No. 1 spot overall in the demo.
On NBC, The Voice (1.1, 7.35M) was up from Monday night’s episode and on par with last week. The latest tear-jerking episode of This Is Us (1.1, 7.35M) was down a tenth in the demo, as was the medical drama Transplant (0.4, 3.45M).
All was steady on the Fox front with Cosmos (0.3, 1.40M) and NeXt (0.2, 1.00M), while the CW had little movement in its numbers with Swamp Thing (0.1, 673,000) and Tell Me a Story (0.1, 406K).
RATINGS SEASON ONE:
· 1×01 – Rating: 0,6 Audience: 4.03 millions
You can now enjoy the captures of the shocking pilot episode of ‘Big Sky’.
Danielle and her sister Grace are kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote part of the highway; private detectives Cody Hoyt and Cassie Dewell search for the sisters.
TV Series > 2020 > Big Sky – 1×01 – Screen Captures
ABC’s new drama series Big Sky from uber-producer David E. Kelley snagged a few headlines when the trailer dropped in October thanks to views that topped 25 million in the first three days, including 12.2 million on Twitter alone.
Now to celebrate Kelley’s return to network television after such high-profile cable dramas as Big Little Lies and The Undoing, ABC is pulling out all the stops for an exclusive Nov. 12 virtual premiere event. The Kelley-created thriller Big Sky follows private detectives Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and Cody Hoyt (Ryan Phillippe) as they team up with his estranged wife and ex-cop, Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick), to search for two sisters (Jade Pettyjohn, Natalie Alyn Lind) who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. It’s based on the series of books by C.J. Box.
Per show reps, the virtual premiere has been designed to give the audience the experience of stepping inside the world of Big Sky, Montana to experience what it’s like to explore the town. To accomplish that, ABC teamed with event producers Little Cinema to build a physical recreation (rendering seen below) of Big Sky’s “All In Bar,” a location featured in the pilot episode. It will be populated by two live performers.
Music from the show will be performed by a “local” Big Sky artist during the pre-party experience. Following the premiere episode debut, a live Q&A will follow. Attendees are also said to be receiving “Country Crate Meals” delivered to their respective homes to enjoy during the event. It will include country dinner staples, local Montana treats, a Montana state baseball cap, a Yellowstone candle and a pine-needle tree to plant at home.
Explains Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul, senior vp communications at ABC Entertainment: “With the legendary David E. Kelley helming our new drama ‘Big Sky,’ we wanted to create a unique shared experience that celebrates the show’s gripping storytelling, offers a flavor of the thrilling twists and turns to come and most importantly, celebrates our amazing talent.”